I’ve Never Seen This Sort of Persistence

I’m talking about this lil chap who arrived in our house bit over a month ago.

Babies are very determined and persistent. If they need to get their diaper changed, that happens. If they are hungry, they get food. If they need to sleep – well, they first wake up everybody else and make sure somebody comes to help. If they need attention, they make sure they get it. That’s pretty amazing for a creature that can pretty much only cuddle, smile, cry and wave their limbs (in a totally awesome and cool way of course).

There’s just one 2 tools they use:

  • Crying
  • Crying louder

(And of course super-extra-mega-unresistable cuteness.)

They are very determined to get their one thing, and then they put 110% focus to get it – and eventually they do.

I’m not sure what happened in my life, but somewhere after the baby age I stopped doing this. If I want something, I usually use the zen-attitude to get it (which works pretty nicely)… but I wonder if I should learn more from my baby. She is so determined to get what she wants.

Juuso Hietalahti


  1. I know Juuso,
    My friend told me that if you go out of bed the instant you hear her cry, you will pay for that later when she grows.
    I am not sure how it goes and on what ages, but he told me something like that.

  2. Bear in mind that we are talking about a few weeks old toddler here… :)

  3. You also need to set bounds, if you do everything your kids wants you to do, then you are up to a lot of hard times. I think, I am not sure because I am not a parent. But it’s something my parent friend told me about.

  4. @Sargon: I disagree! Babies HAVE only one tool for communication. Instead of letting them cry, teach them words! They are the most helpless beings and parents should give them what they need.

  5. I am not a parenting expert, but I think you somtimes need to let them cry a bit. If you take care of them every time they cry, they learn that crying is an effective tool to make you do what they want.

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